Faraday, Michael (1791-1867)
Born: Newington (England), 1791
Died: Hampton Court (England), 1867
Faraday as autodidact followed the lectures of H.Davy. In 1813 he became the assistant of Davy and accompanied him during his travels to France and Italy where he met Vauquelin and Volta. In 1825 he discovered benzene. He carried on Davy’s great work in electrochemistry. Faraday reduced the matter of electrolysis to quantitative terms by announcing the well known laws of electrolysis. He also successfully converted electrical and magnetic forces into continual mechanical movement. He invented the first transformer.
Michael Faraday was the son of a blacksmith who struggled to make a living in the outskirts of London. Michael received little formal education and, like young Thomas Edison, had to begin earning money at an early age.
Faraday, Michael (1791-1867), British physicist and chemist, best known for his discoveries of electromagnetic induction and of the laws of electrolysis.